Shawn Allee is WBEZ’s Director of Training, Professional Development and Operations, which means he makes a great many production and editing workflows run smoothly so that the station’s editors, reporters, and producers can make a great many things. As an editor, he was once fond of saying: “Follow your heart, then get an edit.” Now, he asks: “Do you have the right people in your group edit?”
With help from editors too numerous to mention, Shawn’s own work earned him top honors from the Illinois Associated Press, the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and the Radio Television Digital News Association. He’s appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, On The Media, This American Life, and Marketplace.
He earned a B.A. in anthropology and comparative religion from Cornell College, Iowa, as well as master’s degrees from The University of Chicago’s Divinity School and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He regrets nothing.
Shawn digs taking photographs, especially of his wife, his cats and his Chicago neighborhood. They will, however, be kept off the internet. That is, until the time is just right.